New Delhi: China on Friday sought to provoke India by again pinning the blame in Indian Army troops for the June 15-16 Galwan Valley clash. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in remarks published by the Chinese Embassy, said that New Delhi should discipline its frontline troops.
Wang also called on India to stop provocative acts on the de-facto border so that such incidents are not repeated.
“Urge India to conduct thorough investigation, hold violators accountable, strictly discipline frontline troops and immediately stop provocative acts to ensure such incidents won’t occur again,” the Chinese Foreign Minister stated in published remarks, as per news agency ANI.
The remarks came days after Chinese Embassy’s spokesperson here called on India to ensure favourable conditions for maintaining peace and stability along the 3,488-kilometre-long Line of Actual Control.
Spokesperson Ji Rong said that New Delhi should refrain from taking any actions that further complicate the situation at the border.
“China and India have been maintaining close communication through military and diplomatic channels. At present, the overall situation at the China-India boundary is getting stable and de-escalated,” said Ji Rong.
“It is hoped that the Indian side can meet the Chinese side halfway, refrain from any actions that will complicate the border situation, and create favourable conditions for maintaining peace and stability in the border areas and healthy development of bilateral relations,” she added.
It may, however, be noted that while de-escalation has happened at some friction points, China’s People’s Liberation Army is not completely disengaging at certain areas, including Depsang and Pangong Tso lake. This has led to a stalemate in the de-escalation process.
In fact, the CDS and the Army Chief have told a parliamentary panel that the troops have prepared themselves to stay at the icy heights for the entire winter to keep the enemy at bay.
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